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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Centre for Supporters of Human Rights - CSHR

[Date:] 15 Aban 1393 [6 November 2014]

 

Prison Sentence for a Baha’i Woman in Semnan, Sousan Tebyanian

A spokesperson from the Centre for Supporters of Human Rights, Narges Tavassolian, said, “Sousan Tebyanian is one of the Baha’i citizens of Semnan; she was arrested in 1384 [2005] during the last term of Khatami’s presidency. She was charged with propaganda against the regime and sentenced to 91 days of imprisonment [suspended], for writing a letter to [President] Khatami regarding the oppression of Baha’i citizens and submitting the letter to the authorities.”

At the beginning of the year 1388 [2009] she was arrested again and spent five days in interrogation and solitary confinement, during which she was accompanied by her 18-month-old daughter, Saha Jaberi, in solitary confinement and throughout the interrogation. After a trial, presided over by Judge Zangouie, she was sentenced to eighteen months in Evin Prison.

After a review of her sentence on charges of propaganda against the regime and formation of a group in the form of Dars-i-Akhlagh [traditional Baha’i children’s classes] for educating Baha’i children; her sentence was upheld, and it led to her imprisonment in years 1389 and 1390 [2010 and 2011].

On 10 Khordad 1393 [31 May 2014], she was arrested again, in her house, by the agents of the Semnan Ministry of Intelligence and was detained for 45 days. During these days of the interrogation she came under tremendous pressure to confess to the charge of propaganda against the regime. On 16 Mordad 1393 [7 August 2014], in a court presided over by Judge Amiri, she was sentenced to six years in prison. Her trial lasted no more than 45 minutes. Her lawyer, Mr. Mazdak Etemadzadeh, a human rights lawyer living in Tehran, is currently writing a statement of appeal.

She also has two other children, ages 12 and 7, and is extremely concerned about her children’s mental state.

In 1385 [2006], Sousan Tebyanian, a Baha’i citizen, was dismissed from a “psychological clinic” in Semnan, where she was engaged in counseling children with learning disabilities. She was dismissed through pressures from the Intelligence Service, which claimed that she was engaged in “cultural work” and that Baha’is had no right to do cultural work.

After being dismissed from working in the psychiatric clinic, she obtained a shop permit. After three years, in 1388 [2009] and after her conviction, her licence was revoked, her shop was sealed, and she became unemployed.

Sousan Tebyanian, as described, is currently [serving] one year in prison.